Russian athlete’s defamation suit against ARD set for November 18
MOSCOW, November 11 (RAPSI) – Moscow's Dorogomilovsky District Court will consider on November 18 a defamation lawsuit lodged by Russian athlete Kristina Ugarova against German public broadcaster ARD, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
ARD aired a documentary in 2014 about alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes including Ugarova.
The World Anti-Dope Agency (WADA) set up an investigation into allegations following the documentary release.
On November 9, 2015, WADA held a press-conference in Geneva where independent commission of the organization accused Russia of numerous anti-doping rules violations. Commission recommended International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend Russian athletes from participation in competitions under its auspices, including the 2016 Olympics.
IAAF followed the recommendation and suspended the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF). Subsequently, anti-doping laboratory in Moscow was suspended while RUSADA was declared non-compliant to WADA Codex standards.
On July 21, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal by Russia's Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes against excluding from participation in competitions. Only one Russian athlete, Darya Klishina (long jump) took part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.